An Homage to the Style Influence of Black TV and Movie Icons

For years, costume choices have impacted how characters’ legacies are carried on to the future. Trends have been born and shared through the characters we’ve seen on screen. And while many fashion folk will refer to Rachel Green or Carrie Bradshaw as TV’s best dressed, they end up erasing Black creatives who have been the trendsetters of every generation. Spanning decades of entertainment, Black characters have given us the best of fashion, from classic sitcoms to heavy-hitting dramas. Actresses such as Issa Rae, Karyn Parsons, and Tracee Ellis Ross have not only entertained their audiences in their roles, but they’ve also inspired many with their characters’ striking ensembles. 

Below, look at 10 iconic style moments from Black characters in TV and Movies.

The entirety of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air consisted of striking fashion moments, but Hilary Banks’s looks stand out the most. Every outfit relayed confidence with her streamlined and
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A Gucci Bag Is Forever, But These Top 6 Styles Feel Especially Current

The esteemed House of Gucci, which began as a luxury luggage brand after founder Guccio Gucci’s brief stint as a bellhop, has become one of the most recognizable and covetable brands in history—period. Gucci bags have adorned the wrists of some of the most powerful women in history, including Princess Diana, Jackie Onassis, and Grace Kelly, etching a permanent mark on the culture and making each Gucci bag a small piece of fashion history.

Under Alessandro Michele’s “Geek Chic”–inspired direction, Gucci’s heritage styles have evolved from the grown and sexy direction emblematic of the Tom Ford era. His new designs remain loyal to Gucci’s iconic design language while giving a nod to the eccentricities that make the cool kids so damn cool. During his ongoing tenure, he has reintroduced classic silhouettes like the Jackie and created new ones like the Dionysus, which has quickly achieved a cult-like Read more

We're in Our 50s, Have Tried a Ton of Basics, and Now Rely On These 7 Easy Items

Janet Gunn is the inspiring influencer behind The Grateful Gardenia. Originally from Texas, the style guru is now settled in Los Angeles with her husband, son, and dog Buster. She’s worked as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, flight attendant, actor, jewelry designer, and beyond. In other words, she has a ton of experience and an equally cool personal style. Melissa Meyers is a Los Angeles–based influencer with a focus on beauty, style, travel, and wellness. Her blog, The Glow Girl, aims to empower women to embrace the best version of themselves, age gracefully, and cultivate a glow from the inside out. She also happens to be 54 years old and has a penchant for masterfully styling trends. Here, the fashionable duo teams up to discuss the basics they swear by. Oh, and don’t forget to follow them at @janetgunngratefulgardenia and @melissameyers.

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These Are the Black Designers I'm Obsessed With at the Moment

Lately, it seems as if there’s not a day that goes by where I’m not triggered by a blatant form of racial insensitivity, an evident lack of diverse staff, or a lack of awareness of how systemic racism impacts every facet of life. When we’re reckoning collectively with police brutality and systemic racism, the fashion industry has had to reflect upon how it needs to make serious changes in the industry. Of course, changes are happening, but for consumers, we can help propel the movement forward by taking a step back and looking at how we contribute. Sure, we can’t control what designers send down the runway. Still, one of the most fundamentally underrated ways to be an ally to the Black community (and any community for that matter) is how we spend our money. While recognizing the contributions that designers like Dapper Dan have been making to the industry
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I'm a Stylist Who Wears Flats Every Day—These 5 Pairs Go With Everything

It doesn’t take an expert eye to notice that flat shoes are already peaking in 2023. Between the rise of pretty ballerina slippers like Miu Miu’s viral satin pair to the renaissance that mary-janes are experiencing and, of course, the ongoing popularity of classic loafers, it’s safe to say that wearing flats has never been as stylish of a choice as it is now. There will always be a time and place for a pair of heels, but one thing is for sure: flats *are* the moment.

 With so many pairs to choose from, though, the options are almost dizzying, which is why we’re turning to a fashion insider and arbiter of cool flats, Sydney Engelhart. The L.A.-based stylist and consultant has been in the fashion world for over seven years—currently, she works with clients like Gabrielle Union and Zaya Wade alongside Thomas Christos Kikis and more recently … Read more

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